Wolves defender Ethan Ebanks-Landell has become the first departure from Molineux this summer by joining Shrewsbury Town for an undisclosed fee.
Kortney Hause could also be leaving Wolves soon, turning his loan at Aston Villa into a permanent move.
Ebanks-Landell, 26, who had 12 months left on his contract, has signed a three-year deal at the League One club. It ends a 17-year association with Wolves, who he joined aged nine before rising through the academy.
He will be reunited with some familiar faces at Montgomery Waters Meadow, where manager Sam Ricketts and midfielder Dave Edwards are former Wolves team-mates.
The Sandwell-born right back or central defender made 50 appearances in gold and black in all competitions, including 42 in the league, but with most of the last three seasons spent out on loan.
Ebanks-Landell will be looking to bring his promotion credentials to Shropshire, after winning League One twice, with Wolves in 2013-14 and Sheffield United on loan in 2016-17. He spent 2017-18 with Milton Keynes Dons in the third tier and the latter half of this campaign with Rochdale, also in League One.
Making his Wolves debut against Morecambe in the League Cup in August 2013, he played his part in the club’s promotion that season before injury struck. Ebanks-Landell recovered and continued his progression in the Championship, scoring home and away in two six-goal thrillers with Millwall in 2014-15.
Ebanks-Landell, who made his final appearance for Wolves at Middlesbrough in March 2016, is delighted to have secured his future.
“I’m very glad to be here,” he said. “My agent put the idea to me first. Sam sent me a few messages earlier and a few now to say how happy he is to have me here.”
Ebanks-Landell admits it will be strange leaving Molineux after being at the club since 2001 but is happy to have found a permanent home after his loan spells.
“It’s been a big part of almost my whole life. I’ve been there since I was eight years old to now where I’m 26. There’s been some ups and downs but it’s been mostly good.
“It’s good to have a new home. I’ve been on loan for the last three seasons. When you’re on loan you’re invested in the club but it’s not your club you’re always going back to your parent club, so it’s good to have a new start and a new chapter.
“Everyone says 30 is the scary age so that’s where it will take me to,” he joked.
“Knowing where you’re going to be for a good part of your life gives you that security and focus which allows you to just focus on the football.”
Ebanks-Landell admits he was persuaded to join Shrewsbury by Edwards and Shrewsbury-born Jack Price, another former Wolves colleague who is now playing for Colorado Rapids in the United States.
“I’ve had both good times and bad times in League One but I’m sure Shrewsbury will be part of the good times,” added the defender.
“Dave Edwards and Jack Price have both sent me messages and I’ve heard lots of good things about Shrewsbury through them.
“Shrewsbury just seems to fit for me. I’ve heard great things from a few lads and I know people who have been here like Connor Goldson and Dave Davis. They’ve always said good things about Shrewsbury.”
Ricketts believes Ebanks-Landell’s pedigree as a double promotion winner was an attraction and he is looking forward to him becoming a regular in the Town team.
“Ethan is a player I’ve known for a time and one with a proven track record,” said Ricketts. “He’s had two promotions and played a lot of games and has proven quality.
“It’s a really great aquistion for the club especially on the length of contract we have managed to sign him on.
“Hopefully for now and for seasons to come he will become a backbone of the side.
“We are in the process of trying to implement plans and a way going forward to sustain success for the club. We are trying to build continuity in the side which lasts for years.
“What we are trying to grow to ideally is to be pushing at the top half of League One every year.”
The fact Ebanks-Landell has been snapped up for a fee on a long deal indicates the faith Shrewsbury have in him and Ricketts.
“It is a really big coup for us that he has agreed to come and buy into what we are doing here,” said Ricketts. “We are at the start of what we are trying to achieve here, a long-term plan for long-term success.
“Ethan has bought into that and in what we are trying to do and we are delighted to get this deal over the line.
“What we are trying to do is bring good quality into the building and Ethan fits that.
“He’s mid twenties in age, has two promotions on his CV but he is still young in terms of his own career to push on and grow and improve.
“We are lucky to have him at the perfect age where he is experienced compared to some of the lads who will be around him.”
Reports have claimed Villa have a verbal agreement in place to make Hause their first summer signing.
Hause, 23, has spent the second half of the campaign on loan at Villa Park, playing 12 times, including the Championship play-off final against Derby on Monday, which Villa won 2-1 to clinch promotion to the Premier League.
The former England Under-21 defender has made 80 appearances for Wolves since Kenny Jackett signed him from Wycombe for £175,000 in January 2014. He didn’t figure in the League One promotion in 2013-14 and only played once last season in the Championship title success but was a regular in 2015-16 and 2016-17.